INDIANAPOLIS--Nearly three months after the Bears showed the door to Cedric Benson following his second booze-related arrest in five weeks, the running back has sparked some interest. How serious the interest is remains to be seen.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Benson has been there recently for a workout although no contract offer was extended to the No. 4 pick from the 2005 draft.
Benson is likely to get another shot in the league at some point, although a source close to the player said earlier this summer that it would likely come after his court dealings in Texas are concluded. Depending on how this off-the-field business winds up, he could face discipline from the league office. Benson was arrested for drink boating and charged with resisting arrest and then got popped with a DUI five weeks later. The second arrest was enough for the Bears and they cut ties with the player they spent nearly $14 million on.
The former Texas star also has to prove he is healthy. He broke his leg last season and although he looked to be in the best shape of his career in the spring, he's yet to be tested. It could be he has to sit out the entire year before a team is willing to take a look at him on their roster. Stay tuned.
With Benson departed and Danieal Manning not in a starting role, the Bears are expected to have one top pick from the last seven drafts in the starting lineup Sunday night against the Colts--defensive tackle Tommie Harris. That number would climb to two if the offense opens in a two-tight end set with Greg Olsen.
Here are the top picks from the last seven drafts:
2006--Danieal Manning (second round)